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CBP’s Entire Workforce Awarded Homeland Security Person of the Year

Executive Assistant Commissioner of Enterprise Services Benjamine “Carry” Huffman accepts the award from Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and CEO of the Government Technology and Services Coalition and executive editor of Homeland Security Today.

By Steve Neavling

U.S. Customs and Border Protection was given the 2021 Homeland Security Person of the Year award for its commitment to protecting Americans and safeguarding the borders. 

The award, which honors people who serve the homeland security mission, was given by Homeland Security Today to the entire 60,000-plus CBP workforce.

“I want to offer my sincere thanks to Homeland Security Today for recognizing us with this prestigious award,” Executive Assistant Commissioner Benjamine “Carry” Huffman said. “The men and women of CBP work tirelessly each day to ensure the safety of our borders and facilitate legitimate trade and travel throughout the worst pandemic in recent history, and it is humbling that Homeland Security Today sees and appreciates them.” 

CBP, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency with regular interaction with the public, continued its mission in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also helped the country rebound economically by preventing counterfeit goods from entering the country.

According to a news release: CBP’s numbers illustrate the agency’s impact:

“Air and Marine and Border Patrol personnel performed over 13,000 rescues in Fiscal Year 2021 of migrants left in dangerous situations by smugglers along the land and sea borders. CBP has adapted to changing migration patterns, deftly managing and surging resources as necessary, and performing admirable humanitarian work in the process. CBP personnel helped deliver 30 babies and provided excellent care to over 147,000 children over the course of the fiscal year. At the frontline of upholding U.S. Intellectual Property Rights, CBP fights to protect America’s innovation economy and the health and safety of consumers. In November alone, CBP seized nearly 1,545 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $335 million.

In November 2021, CBP reopened the U.S. land and ferry ports of entry to non-essential travel, ensuring a smooth opening and working to process vehicles as quickly and safely as possible. In addition, CBP worked to fight forced labor, issuing seven Withhold Release Orders and two forced labor Findings. CBP’s award-winning forced labor team fought to make global supply chains more humane and more secure”.

FBI Honors 56 Individuals, Organizations for Contributions to Education, Prevention of Crime

FBI award recipients, via FBI.

FBI award recipients, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI honored 56 individuals and organizations for their “extraordinary” contributions to education and the prevention of crime at the bureau’s headquarters on Friday.

Director James Comey presented the Community Leadership Award, which has been given annually since 1990.

The idea is to “publicly honor those who have gone above and beyond the call to service by tirelessly working to make their own cities and towns a better and safer place for their fellow residents.”

“They are united by a single thing—an effort to do good,” Comey said of the recipients.

Click here to see the list of honorees.

FBI Increases Bounty to $3M on Bureau’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a $3 million reward for information on the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal, Newsweek reports.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of coordinating the GameOver ZeuS botnot, allowing him to collect personal and financial information from computers.

The FBI alleges the malware infected 1 million computers, resulting in more than $100 million in thefts worldwide.

Bogachev was indicted in Pennsylvania in May 2014 on conspiracy and money laundering charges.

“This was a worldwide infection, but it also had law enforcement worldwide working to combat it and bring to justice the criminal organisation behind it,” FBI assistant director Joseph Demarest said.

Bogachev’s last known address was in Russia.

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward in Search for High-Powered Guns Stolen from Agent’s Car

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of two high-powered weapons and body armor from an FBI agent’s car in North Carolina, reports.

The shotgun and rifle were stolen from the agent’s car sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday in the Hunter Oaks neighborhood.

The agent was permitted to keep his weapons in his car because he is part of a special response team that must be ready to respond around-the-clock.

It’s still unclear how the vehicle was broken into.

“No windows were broken,” said John Strong, who is the special agent in charge of the Charlotte Division. “The weapons were in individual canvas bags and locked in the trunk, as required by policy.”


Justice Department Kicks Off Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Month

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj file photo

Shoshanna Utchenik

There was a time in Washington where such an event would have been unheard of. That’s all changed.

Attorney General Eric Holder kicked off  the Justice Department’s annual LGBT Pride Month Program on Wednesday, celebrating contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) employees as well as the civil rights gains made across the country.

Highlights of the event’s honors, according to a press release included:

  • Keynote speaker Chai Feldblum was the first openly lesbian Commisioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, whom Holder described as an “advocate, a law professor, a public servant, and a pioneer.”
  • The James R. Douglass Award was presented to Diana Flynn –Chief of the Civil Rights Division’s Appellate Section for raising awareness about and addressing issues facing LGBT employees in the Justice Department.
  • The Roemer Award recognized legal teams from the Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, and student plaintiffs for resolving harassment of middle and high school students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota.

Holder said to the crowd, “we have made meaningful, once-unimaginable progress in recent years. And we come together at an exciting moment…But there can also be little doubt that, when it comes to making good on the promise of equality for every American, the hard work is far from over.”

To read the Attorney General’s entire speech, click here.


Justice Dept. I.G. Glenn Fine Wins National Law Journal Award

Glenn Fine/doj photo

Glenn Fine/doj photo

If you want to be loved by everyone, don’t become an Inspector General. Folks on the outside constantly want you to crack things wide open. People on the inside avoid you like you’re Bernie Madoff’s best friend.

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog won the National Law Journal’s top honor Monday for targeting Bush administration actions that cast doubt on the department’s political independence.
Inspector General Glenn A. Fine was named “Lawyer of the Year.”
The newspaper said Fine’s investigations into White House political meddling and mismanagement by former Justice officials has helped restore the fierce independence that was once the department’s trademark.
“During a year in which the Justice Department’s reputation suffered one black eye after another _ largely because of politicization of a number of its functions _ Fine and the team he has assembled in the past eight years emerged as beacons of nonpartisanship and independence,” the newspaper said.

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